Education and Outreach

Overview

The MADE in SC initiative will lead to high impact discoveries and have a significant translational impact on SC educational institutions, increasing the pipeline of highly trained students at all levels. Inasmuch as advanced materials are critical to a broad range of technologies, MADE in SC will play a critical role in the economic growth and vitality of the state and nation. The project outcomes will position MADE in SC among the most capable academic organizations for materials research in the world.

MADE in SC will provide transformative and translational training and research activities across the STEM educational spectrum through the engagement of a cohesive network of CRU, PUI and technical institutions, cooperatively contributing to the knowledge base critical for an integrated approach to advanced materials design, assembly and manufacture.

Objectives of MADE in SC include:

      1. Develop a well-trained pipeline of students
          • Develop/Offer New Curricula (USC-B, CofC, Claflin, Furman, USC, Winthrop)
          • Develop and provide 3-D experiences/interactive models for use by USC undergrads, distance learners, SC technical colleges and the non-college-educated community
          • Provide research experiences for undergraduates, “MADE in SC Research Fellows” (Claflin, Clemson, CofC, Furman, SCSU, USC-B, Winthrop)
          • Provide annual research conference for MADE in SC Student Fellows
          • Establish and maintain a public, web-accessible SC research database with contact information and areas of expertise for faculty and STEM educators
      2. Train educators to engage pre-college students in advanced materials exposures
          • Provide 6-week HS teacher research experiences
          • Provide 2-week HS Materials Science Workshops for training HS teachers on content delivery to the classroom
          • Develop and issue integrated, hands on modules and demonstration kits for HS teachers at 2 or more schools
          • Engage HS teachers in Advanced Materials for Teachers camps offered in Materials Engineering

More details to come.